Dear supporter, This Shark Week, you can do more than just watch these amazing, essential creatures on TV. You can take an active role in saving them – and they desperately need your support.
Each year, California drift gillnets kill more than 3,500 thresher, mako, and blue sharks as they fish for swordfish. The bycatch rate of sharks – as well as ocean sunfish, marine mammals and sea turtles – in California's drift gillnets is the highest of any fishery along the US Pacific Coast.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is fighting to stop this deadly fishery – but we need the help of people like you who care about our oceans, sea turtles – and sharks.
That's why I am asking for your contribution of just $15 now, to help us call on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to immediately end this needless killing of sharks and other marine wildlife by drift gillnet fleets in California.
Sharks are essential to a healthy, wild ocean. When California's great white, mako, blue, and thresher sharks feed on fishes they help build healthy fish populations by removing weak or diseased individuals. Their graceful swimming is a joy to watch, and their bursts of speed when hunting place them among the fastest ocean wildlife.
Please, give now to help the sharks that swim just off the U.S. West Coast survive the gauntlet of wasteful drift gillnets. Thank you.
For the sharks and all marine life,
Todd Steiner, Director PS - California's drift gillnet fishery is also jeopardizing the continued survival endangered sperm whales and critically endangered Pacific leatherbacks. If you have not already done so, register your opposition to the California drift gillnet fishery, click here to sign our petition.